** April 20, 2020 **
The COVID-19 time capsule was created to gives your child an opportunity to document what we’re going through. They can write about how they are feeling, what’s happening at home and in their communities. It’s something to save and look back on at the role they played in this historic moment!
** April 17, 2020 **
** April 14, 2020 **
DIY Cloth Face Masks
** April 7, 2020 **
** Updated April 17, 2020 **
** April 3, 2020 **
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** April 2, 2020 **
Resources For Supporting At-Home Children.
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** March 26, 2020 **
A message from Tom Parkes, COO, and Susan Parkes-McNally, Executive VP.
This message is transcribed from the above memo sent out by Tom Parkes and Sue Parkes-McNally:
We sincerely understand and appreciate how stressful these times are for all of our O’Connell “families.” We have been very impressed and inspired by your collaboration, compassion, and focus towards one another and our customers/communities we support.
We are continuing to address new concerns every day while adapting to a paradigm that has been dramatically altered by Covid-19. We can assure you we are doing absolutely everything within our power to ensure the safety of each of you and your families, our customers and our community.
TOGETHER AS ONE we can all get through this by adhering to the CDC’s guidance!
- PLEASE, make smart decisions …. Stay home unless you absolutely have to leave home for a truly legitimate reason.
- BY ALL MEANS, if you are feeling sick or have someone sick in your home PLEASE stay home.
- PLEASE follow the social distancing protocols.
- PLEASE use good hygiene and follow cleaning protocols.
Many of you are upset, anxious and worried and rightfully so…. remember worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it only empties today of its strength…. our strength to cope…. so let’s look at this as a remarkable opportunity for change. This is the time for us to experience greater interpersonal connections with our loved ones, practice mindfulness, pray and look for ways to be creative and innovative in our personal lives.
Above all, we truly realize how everyone has been impacted in numerous significant ways by this pandemic. We respect that each of you have to consider your options and make the right choices to the best of your ability for you and your families as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times.
Please always remember we are here to support all of our O’Connell “families” whether you are in our offices, working remotely or out in the field to the very best of our ability 24/7.
Tom Parkes, Chief Operating Officer AND Sue Parkes-McNally, Executive Vice President
** March 26, 2020 **
** March 25, 2020 **
We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 virus and the responses throughout our Nation, State and Communities. Our greatest concern is the health and well-being of our Employees.
- If any Field or Office Employee has knowingly been directly exposed to someone who has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results, has been quarantined or isolated, or has been infected, the directly exposed employee shall remain home until such time that the tested employee/individual has received a negative test result for COVID-19, or 14 calendar days have passed; whichever is sooner. This is identified as “first-hand exposure.”
- If any Field or Office Employee has been indirectly exposed to someone who has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results, has been quarantined or isolated, or has been infected, there is no need to leave work. This is identified as “second-hand exposure.” Those employees should remain vigilant about their own health, follow all CDC guidance and notify their Supervisor if they have a change in their health.
- For employees who have had second-hand exposure, they shall remain together on the same crew, and ideally the same job, until such time that the tested employee/individual has received a negative test result for COVID-19, or 14 calendar days have passed; whichever is sooner.
- If Field or Office Employees do stay home, based on the COVID-19 virus for any reason, HR must be immediately notified, and all other payroll reporting procedures shall be followed.
** March 20, 2020 **
Dear O’Connell “Family,”
We want to assure you and your families that we are continuing to work extraordinarily hard as a team and are extremely serious about doing all within our power to ensure the safety of all of our employees, their families, customers and our community.
O’Connell Electric is a very dynamic business with numerous moving parts to say the least. As we move through the next iteration of this health care crisis, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to ALL of you and your families in all of our Offices and out in the Field who have met the initial challenges latent in this crisis with heroic support, devotion, compassion and love.
Together we can get through this challenging time by all adhering to all of the CDC’s guidance. Please, if you are feeling sick do not come to work or go out anywhere within our community.
During these uncertain times, find time to be especially understanding, kind and patient with yourself and one another. Take mindful moments to think about the wonderful people and the simple things around you in your life.
We certainly know this may be hard under the circumstances and it will definitely take some intentionality, however; we assure you it is there for all of us. As we continue to move through this all together as ONE O’Connell “Family” we must remain strong in our faith, love, and support of each other. TOGETHER as a “family” we will be better and get through this challenging time!
Please take care of yourself, take care of the ones you love, take care of each other within our entire work force and community by making good choices and the right decisions for everyone!
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us personally if you have any questions or concerns.
**Questions, concerns, or comments made through this page will be sent directly to Susan Parkes-McNally, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, and Dan Oberlies, Director of Safety and Risk Management.
** March 13, 2020 **
Dear O’Connell “Family,”
We are going through something we have never seen before as a Company, a community and a world. It’s moving incredibly fast and changing every day since we first heard of a confirmed case of the Covid-19 in Monroe County. We want you all to know at O’Connell’s our first commitment is to the health and safety of each of you, your families and our community. We have been working extraordinarily hard as a team to make sure we make good decisions and prepare for any eventuality.
We will continue to keep you updated over the coming weeks with communication and guidance. We feel it is important that you remember the measure of our O’Connell “family” has always been to how we respond to stress and new challenges. Some of that response is simply a matter of practical steps and plans, although ultimately is really how we band and work together, support each other and take care to do the best that we can. Please know that we are continually working on those practical steps and plans; however the second part is just as important. At this moment, we need to take care of ourselves, be there for one another in need as best as we can and remain calm in the face of uncertainty.
Please keep in mind, this will not last forever and together as a “family” here at O’Connell’s we will get through this challenging time together. We are very grateful to each of you for your dedication, support and efforts.
** March 13, 2020 **
We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 virus and the responses throughout our Nation, State and Communities. Our greatest concern is the health and well-being of our Employees. We are also remaining very responsive to the needs and request of our valued Customers.
The following are conditions that are in place, effective immediately, through April 13, 2020:
- All communications related to the COVID-19 outbreak must be discussed with and cleared by Susan Parkes-McNally or Dan Oberlies.
- All Vendors shall be asked to discontinue visits to our facilities. Vendor interaction shall be limited to necessary deliveries to our warehouses and offices. Those making deliveries need to sign in with a full name, contact phone number and the date.
- Intra-Company Field and Office Employees visits between offices shall be limited, and only occur as absolutely necessary.
- Internal in-person business meetings and committee meetings shall be transitioned to a conference call or Skype.
- Business travel to conferences, training, etc. must be pre-approved by Susan Parkes-McNally or Dan Oberlies.
- Visiting Customers shall be kept to a minimum. Telephone and off-site meetings are encouraged.
- For any Field or Office Employee that knowingly have been exposed to a quarantined or infected person, they shall remain home for a minimum of 2-weeks. If Field or Office Employees do stay home, established notification procedures shall be followed.